Go Botanical with Plants as Interior Design Features
Plants are essential to life, sustaining us as they pump oxygen into the environment, as well as being graceful, diverse, and fascinating expressions of botanical art. But the beauty and vitality of plants doesn’t need to be limited to the wilds of nature, or even to your back garden.
Instead, bring the freshness and positivity-invoking influence of plants into your home, using them to ‘lift’ a room, giving a sense of light and life.
Follow these straightforward tips to accessorise your home with the uplifting qualities of Mother Nature.
Do it properly
There’s little point in using plants to brighten your home if you’re not planning to take proper care of them. A wizened, brown specimen will make the place look grubby and uncared for, and be a waste of money. The best thing is to go to your local nursery and speak to a knowledgeable assistant, getting advice on what would suit your situation while staying within your budget.
Once you’ve chosen your plants, find out how to look after them, including potting substrates, size of containers, light levels, watering amount and frequency, and pruning and shaping.
Don’t get caught up in the idea of having a host of exotic greenery in your home and forget about the time, effort, and organisation you need to keep your plants healthy and an asset to the space. If you know you’re forgetful, choose hardy plants that don’t need a lot of care and won’t suffer if you’re a day late with watering. Snake plants, for example, are notoriously hard to kill, and have tall, striking leaves with yellow edges that will provide a fresh feature for any room.
Suit your style
When choosing which plants to place in your home, start by thinking about the existing theme or style that you’re trying to complement. Minimalist décor might lend itself to the brightly striped leaves of the dracaena, or a sand-covered dish full of succulents and cacti. More homely design might be better complemented by a solid classic like the fiddle leaf fig, and grand spaces with plenty of vertical space can take the expansive and impressive dimensions of a pair of lush Boston ferns.
The placement of your plants can make or break their effect, as well as being crucial to their surviving and flourishing. Add orchids or moisture-loving tropical plants to a spacious bathroom for a jungle paradise; place a large basin of fragrant herbs on your kitchen counter for elegant and attractive practicality, or complement large spaces with dwarf trees or sweeping palms.
Get creative with containers
The plant itself is only half of the effect in your botanical venture. The pot that the plant lives in can be just as much of a feature as the greenery itself, and there’s no limit to what you can do with this potential. Think of differing textures and colours that complement or contrast the foliage, either tying in your décor or standing out with a splash of colour. Upcycle interesting containers for a quirky look, hang plants for three-dimensional decoration, and experiment with different materials like woven pots to add interest and texture to a space.
A carefully chosen selection of plants can transform your home form dull to delightful without a massive expenditure. Make sure to do your research about the practicalities of being a plant owner, analyse your interior style, and then place your plants in strategic positions to bring vitality and visual appeal to your home.